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Representations of Culture

Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and Victorian Anthropology

by Michael A. Zeitler (Author)
©2007 Monographs 154 Pages

Summary

Representations of Culture places Thomas Hardy’s Wessex – his fictional representation of rural England – within the framework of anthropology, an emergent discipline at the time. Informed by both intellectual biography and close textual readings, this book argues that Hardy’s lifelong interests in folklore, customs, local history, myth, archaeology, and communal narrative history represent the most «modern» (rather than simply traditional) aspect of his thinking – the ways in which anthropological viewpoints associated with Tylor, Lang, and Frazer shaped his understanding and representation of Wessex.

Details

Pages
154
Year
2007
ISBN (PDF)
9781453906880
DOI
10.3726/978-1-4539-0688-0
Language
English
Publication date
2007 (March)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. VIII, 154 pp.

Biographical notes

Michael A. Zeitler (Author)

The Author: Michael A. Zeitler is Assistant Professor of English at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. A Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, Dr. Zeitler has published numerous journal articles on both Victorian and African-American literature.

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